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Day 576: E-Reader

I’ve never been happier to lose a Kobo to someone.

Today was a big day for E, reading-wise. She finished lesson 20 of All About Reading Level 2, and even wrote her own book.

See, lesson 20 involved cutting out and stapling together a mini-book about whales. E read it to her stuffies, and then said, “Can I keep this book? It’s the perfect size for these guys!”

“Sure,” I responded. “We could also make more books for them, if you like.”

That’s how we ended up at the kitchen table with E dictating and me scribing for her. She made sure to include a cover and a table of contents, and then wrote three pages about wooly mammoths, elephants, and penguins, respectively. I drew the outlines of the animals and she coloured them in, and then we stapled it all together. Then E brought all the stuffies to the table and read them her book. Mr December came upstairs, and she read it to him, too. And to K, and then again to R.

Image description: E standing next to the table, reading from a tiny booklet. There are several stuffed animals (mostly elephants) on the table, clearly listening to the book.

Finishing lesson 20 before our trip was a challenge I had set for E a couple of weeks ago. Since she succeeded, we had a party to celebrate. Nothing fancy: just lemonade, popcorn, chocolate and butterscotch chips, charades, and some karaoke.

When E came and perched by my shoulder this evening, I passed her my Kobo and said, “Can you just take a look at these books I downloaded and tell me if they’re the right level for you?”

“Ugh, reading AGAIN!” she whined. “I already did so much reading today!”

“I just need you to look at a few of the pages and tell me if the books are okay for you,” I reasoned.

“Okay, fine.” She took the Kobo out of my hands.

The next time I saw the Kobo, she was waving it in my face and telling me that she’d already finished one book. As soon as I helped her open another book, she ran off to her bedroom to continue reading. I didn’t see my Kobo again until she returned it to me at bedtime, saying, “We can share this Kobo but you might not get it very much because I like to read A LOT.”

Okay, then. Guess I’m in the market for a new Kobo. The only question is, before or after we travel?

2 thoughts on “Day 576: E-Reader

  1. KOBO for you BEFORE! you will want it as a anti-stress relaxing time on trip.
    SO EXCITED you have another reader in the family!!!!! Such a time of triumph and joy when all at once reading is easier and FUN.
    Thrilled.
    I am having fun with the guitar going on the trip. Sometimes I think of it as a 7’x5’x3′ hard to manage item, and other times it shrinks to 7″x5″x3″ … but! Every time I realize how important the ability to make music is to those who know how and how much it leads to meeting people and sharing joy. I am certain it will all work out because you 6 are people who make solutions.
    Joy to you and congratulations on all you are getting done ON TOP of packing for imminent departure. Such an adventure!

  2. Definitely before the trip. Everyone needs to be able to read what they want when they want. I personally can’t travel without multiple redundancies in what book to read next.

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